The International Society for Vascular Surgery

The ISVS was created to promote vascular surgery and to educate others about the need for a dedicated vascular surgery specialty.

By Pauline T. Mayer

The International Society for Vascular Surgery (ISVS) was formed in 2003 as an international organization committed to the recognition and promotion of vascular surgery, a defined specialty separate and distinct from general and cardiothoracic surgery. This political need exists to varying degrees in different parts of the world and arises from the continuing trend for vascular procedures to be performed by practitioners who commit small parts of their practice to noncardiac vascular disease patients, and by disputes about what constitutes adequate criteria for training and credentialing in vascular surgery.


The objectives of the ISVS are (1) to enhance and promote the recognition of vascular surgery as an independent and distinct specialty throughout the world, (2) to provide recognition of commitment to vascular surgery and scholarly or educational achievement in that specialty, (3) to encourage the dissemination of knowledge regarding vascular disease and vascular surgery to the public and the profession, (4) to develop international standards of practice and training in vascular surgery, and (5) to encourage international exchange for training in vascular surgery.


The ISVS officers include a distinguished group of vascular surgery leaders. They are Peter R. F. Bell, MD, President, Royal Infirmary Leicester, UK; Robert W. Hobson, II, MD, Vice President, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey; Giorgio Biasi, MD, Treasurer, University of Milan/Biocca; and Frank J. Veith, MD, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Committees are represented by a distinguished group of vascular surgeons throughout the globe. Councilors representing a global region (including South Asia, Western Europe, North America, and Central and South America) are the voice of the membership and attend all council meetings.


Membership is granted to vascular surgeons who are well trained in several disciplines of treatment and are committed to vascular surgery (whose professional activities practice, research, and teaching are devoted primarily to the management of vascular disease), as well as to other specialists largely committed to the practice of non-cardiac and vascular disease who are well-informed about all types of therapy.

Nonphysician membership is offered to vascular technologists, registered nurses, physician assistants, radiographers, ultrasonographers, and selected individuals employed by corporations involved in the vascular disease field.
Corporate members and other groups who support the mission and activities of the ISVS are welcome. Honorary membership will be awarded to individuals who have made special contributions or achievements in the vascular disease field.


The ISVS promotes its mission and objectives online through the dissemination of electronic materials to the membership, the public, and government agencies (

Newsletters are published and distributed to the membership several times a year.

Vascular, published six times per year, is included in the membership. Vascular solicits and publishes opinion pieces and other nonscientific articles dealing with issues important to the specialty and practicing vascular surgeons. Featuring controversial topics, scientific and nonscientific, we solicit editorial commentaries from our board as well as articles that express opposing views that allow our readers to make informed decisions about their own positions. Finally, Vascular publishes invited reviews and updates when the editorial board believes them to be justified and of value. In that way, readers can remain current in the state of the art and science of vascular surgery and related issues. 

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